Rousseau’s Republican Community
Lecture no. 6 from the course: The Modern Political Tradition: Hobbes to Habermas
Taught by Professor Lawrence Cahoone | 31 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online Philosophy & Religion Courses
As the Enlightenment’s greatest champion of equality, Swiss writer Jean-Jacques Rousseau endorsed the social contract—but his ideas differed from Hobbes and Locke in critical ways. Here, examine Rousseau’s legacy and thought, which sought to structure modern civil society in a way that might recapture what he saw as the independence and equality of primitive society.